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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon

The new 2014-2015 season is now planned. See the proposals at Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list ( or like the fb page

Next Sheffield FNR
Fri 12 Sep 2014
The Sheffield Pals
Start: University Concourse nr SUSU building
6.30 pm SHARP
Full details on Next Sheffield FNR
Theme: The 12th Service Battalion of the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment, the Sheffield Pals,  started enrolment of volunteers on 10 Sep 1914.  By the 12 Sep 1914 a 1000 men had volunteered and were of sufficient strength to start training.  A 100 yrs later we can commemorate this event by riding up to Redmires where they went to live and train at the end of 1914  Their sad story can be found at this website,

 Maps: Google map with all POI is here

View The Sheffield Pals in a larger map

Heads up! We will be going sharpish – sunset is 7.30 pm.  The ride is about 15.5 miles and about 1000 ft of up and down.  We go up through the Porter Valley which is unpaved but relatively firm so road bikes with real skinny tyres may not be suitable.  We come back down the roads to visit POI in town.  Pit stop at Redmires and then finish at Sheffield Tap.  DEFINITELY bring lights and locks.

Meanwhile to keep you smiling why not watch this video of Groningen Cycling City
and then join CycleSheffield so you can make the dream come true here in the UK

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Edinburgh Bike Coop and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Bike Jumble – book early for the one in October; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
Mark’s contact details are on the poster.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great tune about liberty and joy for us to hum and la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”


“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

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